(Closed) As a guest, what are your favorite parts of a baby shower?

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

seriously…the food and mimosas and chatting with my friends.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

I’m planning the same kind and size, and my main focus is the food, especially since the men will be there. The decorations are really one of the things only the women will notice anyway, so to make it more like a shower and not just a regular party, we’re making some great centerpieces for the tables.

I always hate the stupid party games, as do most of the women that are coming. Not sure if we’ll have any or not, since it’s yet to be decided.

I think you have to know your crowd to decide whether or not the saplings would even be taken. We’re probably having edible favors since they are always a hit.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

The food and creativity of it.  Watching her open presents is fun too but only cause I like seeing what all the baby is getting. The games are annoying.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I like the food, and watching the presents get opened. I’ve never been a fan of the games, though I did go to one where we played actual games (like with dice and stuff) that was pretty fun, it was tournament style so you met everyone at the shower and there were prizes. I cannot remember the name of the game we were playing though.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Drinks, Food & the Mommy socializing & opening gifts.

60 Guests… Yikes !!

Not half as bad tho if the guys are all gonna go off elsewhere (backyard) for the majority of the event.

From an Etiquette POV, Showers are meant to be intimate affairs… 20 to 25 at the max… less is even better.

This is BIG, and will be a lot for you the Hostess to manage.

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@lovekiss:  At every baby shower I’ve been to (about 8-10 over the years), there was booze. I’ve attended showers down here in Atlanta and all over PA/NJ. Usually they have a cute non alcoholic mocktail for the mom.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

@lovekiss:  My SIL has offered her house, (since ours will be on the market),so given the fact that we regularly have 30+ for Holidays when she hosts them, she has the setup down pat. The women will be inside for the gift opening, and the food will be in a seperate room for people to eat when they want. She has an open layout, but one room is adjacent their patio and yard, and we set up a banquet table and use chafing dishes and large platters for all the food in there. She has a large covered patio and large yard, so we may have some things set up for the men to do if they want, but they’ll probably just eat and drink. (and yes,we’ll have alcohol) We haven’t decided on catering or not yet, as my brother is an excellent cook and likes to show off his culinary talents. We haven’t planned the menu yet, but it will be a variety of things so everyone can find something they like. I’m not planning on the grill being used, but that may happen too.

 

 

 

 The men will be outside (I’m sure), since they aren’t all that interested in baby things anyway (with the exception of the Dad), but will be pretty much entertaining themselves (and the kids). I always feel bad taking up someone’s Sunday for any kind of shower, especially in the summer when people want to be at the beach. We thought this would be something they wouldn’t mind, but the male half may decline coming anyway. We’re giving them an option, so we’ll see how it goes.

In actuality, the women portion is 32 (and some will decline for one reason or another), so we’re planning it just like the bridal shower (same number invited, and most of the same people). That was held in a restaurant, and it seemed pretty rushed and impersonal in the end. Thought we’d go back to the older way of having a home shower this time.

 

 

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @lovekiss: lo, you are a good friend… I wouldn’t be keen to host 60… it can be pricey if you can’t do it at home.

And what exactly are the guys supposed to be doing?  Trust me they’ll be bored, this IS NOT like a Couples Wedding Shower… this is waaaay more girlie.

Lol, see in my mind’s eye, the guys would be outside hanging out, having beers and junk food (peanuts, pretzels, chips).  I might even put a Tv out there (sports gotta be on somewhere).  And then get them all to pitch in with the food & BBQ up something, even if it was just hotdogs, sausage on a bun or hamburgers.

Have some nice toppings, a couple of salads, paper plates and plastic utensils… pretty napkins you are done !!

Girls only… I’d go the all girlie / traditional route… chips & salsa / layered dip… pumpernikle spinach bowl… cheese & crackers… veggies & dip… pickles.. maybe a salad… finger sandwiches.  And for dessert any of the following:  Cake & Ice Cream, Fancy Squares (can be bought), Iced Baby Theme Cookies (home made) or even just Fruit & a Chocolate Fondue.

Not much to keep too hot (fondue) or too cold (ice cream) in this scenario so easier to manage.

As for the drink Question.  I think every shower I’ve ever been to had at least a Spiked & Non-Spiked Punch or a Wine option.  And certainly Tea & Coffee too.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Champagne

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@ItWasntMe:  Wow, I’ve never been to a baby shower with that many guests! I like the socializing aspect of the shower… Eat some food, have a couple of drinks and chat with friends and family!

I hate the games. Hate. Especially when they force you to play a game that singles you out and makes you look dumb. A lot of people seem to enjoy them, but I just don’t see the fun!

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@lovekiss:  

 

My MOH’s baby shower (next weekend) is also co-ed and the guest list is at 100…yeah you read that right. I about crapped my pants when her mother told me that. She claims that only about 50 ppl should show up but damn, that’s still a lot of people.

 

Anyways, my favorite parts of baby showers are the food, drinks (booze lol), and the “prizes”. My SIL had a baby shower in Feb. and instead of all the stupid games, they did drawings every 10-15 minutes and the person who’s name got picked out of the basket got to pick a gift card. Mingling with everyone is also nice. I don’t really like the opening of the gifts mainly because everyone who has a kid likes to chime in and say things like “oh, you just want until *baby* does that” or “Oh, you’ll need those breast pads”…but that’s probably because I’m not anywhere close to having children so that kind of stuff is just annoying to me. But this is obviously going to occur at a baby shower so I just smile, drown it out, and drink my wine lol.

 

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@This Time Round:  I don’t agree that guys are necessarily going to be bored. A baby shower is just a party for parents-to-be. I long for the day when fatherhood is anticipated and celebrated as much as motherhood, bnut hey, that’s another topic; don’t get me started on gender issues. 🙂 

@lovekiss:  You are really nice to host a party for 60 people. When my friend offered to host a shower for me, I invited 8 people, because I was conscious of her budget! Anyway, for me, the best baby showers are relaxed, have good food (mimosas are nice but totally optional), and don’t spend too long on the gift-opening, esp with 60 people. It can get pretty boring.

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